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Antoni Gaudi. [German] [Hardcover]

Rainer Zerbst , Francois Rene Roland
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Taschen Verlag (1 Jan 1985)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3822869309
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822869307
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 24.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaudi by Zerbst 1 Aug 2010
By Simon
Format:Paperback
A great book - well worth a read before flying out to Barcelona. Although a little bulky its worth taking with you! Excellent pictures and a good biography. I would recommend it to anyone as a momentum of a short or long break to Barca!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barcelona enshrined 24 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Rainer Zerbst's book, Antoni Gaudí - The Complete Architectural Works, is just what it says, the complete works. Treated chronologically and in turn, each of the architect's major projects is reviewed, described and analysed. Copious illustrations allow the reader to appreciate the often fascinating -and usually fantastic - detail that Gaudí used. The text, elaborate, itself florid in its description, conveys not only the colour and the shape of Gaudí's work, but also its intent and derivation.

Though it concentrates on the buildings, their features, their detail and their innovations, Rainer Zerbst's book does deal quite adequately with Gaudí's background and inspiration, though it does not attempt to be a biography. It may come as a surprise to many readers that it was England and English art that provided the young architect with his model. The theories of Ruskin advised a return to direct contact with nature. The Pre-Raphaelites resurrected both the Gothic and colour, and also employed minute detail throughout a work rather than invite total concentration on a single, artificially-lit central subject. And then William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement provided the social and industrial model that aspired to put art at the centre of everyday life. Finally, and not least, it was the English tradition of the ornamental garden that inspired Gaudí's treatment of broader settings.

All of these influenced the young Gaudí. And at the time he was seen as a something of a radical. Later, when, if anything, the architect's style became more fluid and less self-conscious, he had already shaved off his beard and cut his hair in order to aspire to membership of the local establishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaudi at its best 7 Jan 2012
By Linda
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This is an excellent book, very informative and full of some lovely pictures. It will provide a permanent reminder of a wonderful trip to Barcelona. A book to dip into and keep returning too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Alien Architecture 20 Jun 2000
By Critic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
No one who has ever ranted at the unimaginative architectural desert of any given major city of the world can resist the sheer originality and genuis of Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona must be the luckiest city in the world!
The book gives a brief introduction to the life of the artist (including the tragic way he died), but the bulk of the book focuses on his major works, from his first commission, the tile palace Casa Vicens to the famous still unfinished Sagrada Familia. Beautiful photographs of interiors as well as exteriors are supported by a descriptive prose. What I enjoyed most were the details of furniture, specially designed fittings (stained glass windows, lamps, tiles) and of course the colourful mosaics which feature on several projects. And what Gaudi does with the arch structure is truly reverant!
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to vicariously enjoy the beauty and innovation of Gaudi. It can serve as a reminder for those lucky enough to have seen the buildings - and for the rest of us, another reason to visit Barcelona in the future.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for the amateur enthusiast 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I visited Barcelona this summer on a day trip from our family holiday in Costa Dorada. I was drawn mainly by the opportunity to see first hand the amazing works of art by Antoni Gaudi which I had heard about since childhood. I was not disappointed and my wife and kids loved it too. I just didn't have enough time to see everything I wanted to, so when I came home I wanted to buy a book with great photos and a bit of explanation for the layman. This book certainly does that although as a layman I don't know what serious students of architecture would make of it
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to see these in real life! 11 Feb 2013
By valeriy chorny - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative yet not overblown guide for those interested with superb illustrations. Can't wait to see these in real life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful architecture 18 April 2013
By huntchasefind - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this on a news show and was very interested in seeing all the planning and a closure look at what Gaudi' did. The pictures are very interesting and show close up that you would never know where in the top and surround of the building. Would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone that loves art and unusual designs!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!! 15 Jan 2013
By N. Duffy - Published on Amazon.com
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After visiting Barcelona several years ago & falling in love with the Gaudi architecture, this book was an amazing find. It not only shows beautiful photos of his work, but gives a history of each building, and of Gaudi's life. It was my favorite Christmas gift.
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